I’m sorry you found my blog.
HA! What a funny thing to say on a blog!! But seriously, if you landed here, you either know me, or know someone that has cancer. That’s why I’m sorry!
I hate that word.
I remember sitting in the oncologist’s office in my early 20’s listening to the Dr. tell me that while it was not likely I would get Ocular Melanoma like my Mom, 3 out of 4 people would be diagnosed with some sort of cancer in their life. Since all of my Grandparents and my Mom have died of some type of cancer, I knew my day would come. I just never thought my diagnosis would be the day after my 41st birthday and as a mother of a 10, 7 and 6 year old.
This blog is my journey as I fight to leave cancer behind and move on in my life.
I should probably back up and introduce myself . . . my name is Jennifer. I’m a Christ follower, married to an amazing man (who happens to be a chef), have 3 beautiful daughters and I’ve been diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer which has spread to my sternum.
I know it can be confusing when you stumble upon a new blog, so let me help you get started.
- I have a blog to keep track of my thoughts and to let friends and family know what’s going on.
- You can get to know our family or read my personal testimony here.
- As I’ve been going through different procedures, I’ve written down what it was like. You can find a list of those over in the side bar (or down at the bottom if you are on a mobile device).
- Click here to receive a daily, weekly or monthly email when I publish new posts.
- And finally, if you noticed above that I’m married to a chef and think that must be the MOST AMAZING THING EVER, click here and browse through my blog about what it’s really like to be married to a chef. (I love blogging. Can you tell?)
Here’s what’s going on with me right now . . .
I have been having severe back pain since Tuesday morning. I rested all day Tuesday and got some pain meds and a muscle relaxer form the Nurse Practitioner, which did nothing. That afternoon when I looked into the mirror, I noticed my entire upper body was shifted to the right and I couldn’t stand up straight.
Had the cancer returned to my spine?
Of course that is what I immediately thought.
My appointment today went well. Nothing to report! I scheduled a follow-up in 3 months. Still planning to have a scan in October and will need another bone density test in November. read more…
It feels like forever ago that I scheduled my check-up for February, yet the time has come…Wednesday, I see my oncologist for a checkup and also have my Zometa infusion. It will take up most of my day 🙁 but I look forward to not having anything to report at this time!! 🙂
The beginning of a new year…a fresh start…I always love the start of a new year. I love looking back on the past year and looking ahead to what is coming (most years at least).
I am about 5 or 6 weeks post surgery and the scars have healed very nicely. I am looking forward to getting “released” from the plastic surgeon soon so I can get back to regular exercising!
12 days post surgery and I’m doing well. I saw the plastic surgeon yesterday and he said everything was healing nicely. He took of the steri strips off the incisions and it’s very sensitive now, but no pain, unless I try and reach something high up on a shelf. I see him again in late January and hope to get the all clear. (I’m restricted on activites until then – no lifting anything over 10 lbs, no exercise using my upper body or anything that gets my heart rate up, vacuuming only if the vacuum is easy to push…which mine is :-(, etc LOL,)
A small amount of my skin is peeling from radiation, but that is the only effect I have seen from that so far.
Today was my 3rd and final day of radiation. While I feel like I have been receiving great care, the experience is very different than my time at Valley Medical Center. The commute, the facility, etc….I’m thankful that it’s only 3 days.
Recovery is going slower than I would like, but I’m hanging in there. The vicodin was making me nauseous, but Tylenol seems to be ok as a pain killer. Gravity and doing things that require any bending forward are painful, so I’ve been doing a lot of sitting. It’s hard to look at my floors and not vacuum. 🙁 Tom has been amazing around the house AND working. And while he’s back at work today, he made sure we had everything we needed for the day before he left.
Surgery went well today. The plastic surgeon told Tom he had to do a little bit more clean up than he had originally thought, so I might be a bit more sore.
When I woke up from surgery, I was in quite a bit of pain. They got it under control, but my plan to try to only take Tylenol, is definitely a no-go. Tom is at the pharmacy getting me Vicodin right now.
I have had a few people very concerned that I am having more radiation. The radiation has nothing to do with breast cancer. There’s a lot of research that shows that doing a low dose of radiation on scars, helps them not grow back as large. So Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday, I will have radiation on the scars that were just fixed today during surgery. It’s not a big deal, except I have to drive to Tacoma every day for the next 3 days. LOL.
I’m still pretty groggy from surgery, so I hope all that made sense. Thanks for praying with us today.